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NBCUniversal Employees Inspire Young Storytellers from Coast to Coast

August 07, 2019

On July 10-11, 125 employee volunteers welcomed over 120 students and young professionals from the Ghetto Film School and their Roster Network for an immersive experience designed to engage and educate the next generation of storytellers and prepare them for careers in the media & entertainment industries.

Held onsite in LA and NYC in conjunction with ComcastNBCUnites and Global Talent Development & Inclusion, the full-day events consisted of presentations, panel discussions, roundtable conversations and demonstrations featuring NBCUniversal employee volunteer speakers.

In LA, Global Talent Development & Inclusion launched Universal Access, an immersive experience to provide access and awareness to emerging creative and workforce talent. The participants received early career advice from NBCU Talent Acquisition and engaged directly with Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group and other executives for their insight on career paths and how to adjust to the rapidly-changing media landscape.

In NYC, students tested their knowledge and honed their skills in workshops like Storytelling Through Journalism, Production in Action, and Funny Business: A Comedic Writers Workshop. They even took part in NBCUniversal 101 for an inside look at the history and brands that shape the company! A highlight for the young artists was the opportunity to chat one-on-one with an NBCUniversal employee “lunch buddy” who spoke about their own career path and discussed what it’s like to work in the industry.

In addition to the workshops, the NBCUniversal Diversity & Inclusion team also hosted 75 early-career participants at 30 Rock for an exclusive networking and professional development event with stakeholders from various divisions including News, Sports, Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Supplier Diversity.

“Events like today definitely help on this journey,” said David Ghetto Film School participant and rising college freshman. “It was great to see the transition of where I could potentially be, and what opportunities are available to me.”

To learn more about Ghetto Film School, click here.

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